Read an Excerpt from The Fate of the Animals

In 1913, Franz Marc, one of the key figures of German Expressionism, created a masterpiece: The Fate of the Animals. With its violent slashes of color and line, the painting seemed to pre-figure both the outbreak of World War I and, more eerily, Marc’s own death in an artillery barrage at the Battle of Verdun three years later.

Online Book Launch: Nance Van Winckel’s “Sister Zero”

Register now for the online book launch of Nance Van Winckel’s Sister Zero. Nance will read from the book, engage in a discussion of the book with special guest writer Kate Lebo, author of The Book of Difficult Fruit, as well as Slant editor Gregory Wolfe, and answer your questions.

Read an Excerpt from Sister Zero

In Sister Zero, a woman who never wanted children suddenly becomes a mother to her nine-year-old nephew after her sister commits suicide at age 34. Fifteen years later, the boy will also kill himself and in almost exactly the same manner.

Online Book Launch: Robert Cording’s “In the Unwalled City”

Register now for the online book launch of Robert Cording’s In the Unwalled City. Robert Cording will read from the book, engage in a discussion of the book with Slant editor Gregory Wolfe, and answer your questions. September 13, 2022, 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 5 pm Pacific. Via Zoom.

Read an Excerpt from In the Unwalled City

In the Unwalled City takes its title from Epicurus, who wrote: “Against other things it is possible to obtain security, but when it comes to death, we human beings all live in an unwalled city.” This affecting book—which weaves prose memoir with poetry—explores that feeling of being open to attack—in this case the pain of grief after Robert Cording’s thirty-one-year-old son Daniel died.

Online Book Launch: Jonathan Geltner’s “Absolute Music”

Register now for the online book launch of Jonathan Geltner’s Absolute Music. Jonathan will read from the novel, discuss the book with Slant editor Gregory Wolfe, and answer your questions. July 27, 2022, 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 5 pm Pacific. Via Zoom.

Read an Excerpt from Absolute Music

On an eerily warm October evening in a suburb of Detroit, a new father and struggling fantasy novelist named McPhail gazes at a honey locust tree. The sight triggers a memory of the sudden, inexplicable death of Hannah, whom he loved when they were both fourteen.

Online Book Launch: Paul Mariani’s “All That Will Be New”

Register now for the book launch of Paul Mariani’s “All That Will be New” with special guests National Book Award-winner Martin Espada and Angelo Alaimo O’Donnell. June 14, 2022, 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 5 pm Pacific. Via Zoom. Register now!

Read an Excerpt from All That Will Be New

In the poem that opens this, his ninth collection, one of our most celebrated men of letters contemplates the “primordial tensions” felt in the crashing waves of a Northeaster, the glory and terror of the storm as “the real comes crashing finally down on you.”

Read an Excerpt from The Meaning of Birth

In 1980, two men sit down to record a conversation. They have much in common: both are passionate, articulate thinkers. But their differences are just as striking….

Read an Excerpt from When the Dead Are Razed

When Teffy Byrne steals a dead sex worker’s coded journal from a local art show, she thinks it might shed light on an unsolved murder committed seven years ago.

Read an Excerpt from Rose Is a Verb

California poet Karen An-hwei Lee, inspired by Virgil, has created her own dense, richly-layered collection of “Neo-Georgics,” constituting an extended exploration of such motifs as happiness, olive groves, vineyards, soil chemistries, the seacoast, and the birth of trees.

Read an Excerpt from Somewhere to Follow

From California coastal redwoods to giant sequoias in the Sierra, from practical jokes of adolescence to unexpected epiphanies marking an academic career, the many poems in Somewhere to Follow range through the life of a poet on the lookout for what comes next.

Gar Anthony Haywood Interviewed

Gar Anthony Haywood has just been interviewed on the Crime Writers of Color podcast. He covers his distinguished career as a crime writer (including his long-running, beloved Aaron Gunner series) but then focuses in on his latest book — the impossible to categorize In Things Unseen (Slant).

Read an Excerpt from The Substance of Things Hoped For

For a brief time in mid-nineteenth century Oneida, New York, two of the most eccentric and fascinating figures in American history crossed paths when troubled soul and soon-to-be presidential assassin Charles Guiteau threw in his lot with John Humphrey Noyes’s utopian community of “free love” believers.

Read an Excerpt from The Relevance of the Stars

With the exception of a single book published in his lifetime, much of the late Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete’s wisdom has been scattered and hard to find. The Relevance of the Stars fills this vacuum.

Read an Excerpt from Come Shivering to Collect

The poems in John Pleimann’s Come Shivering to Collect live and move and have their being in a world that is both twilit and sacred. Speakers wrestle with memory’s power to obsess and distort, to haunt, and to evoke. They discover that life mocks happiness, and the only thing sacred is to be vulnerable.

God’s Liar Wins Christianity Today Award

We offer our hearty congratulations to Slant author Thom Satterlee, whose novel, God’s Liar, has won the Award of Merit in the 2021 Christianity Today Book Awards.